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1904, 2016

Can you help DfT in building new Service Quality Regime?

April 19th, 2016|

As part of the re-franchising process, the Department for Transport (DfT) is looking at the feasibility of implementing a new Service Quality Regime (SQR) in the West Midlands area and in particular on the two branches including the Abbey Line. This would require audits to be undertaken by the new operator every railway ‘control period’ […]

2901, 2016

Only weeks to save the Flyer

January 29th, 2016|

…from another decade of mediocrity!
The Department for Transport (DfT) will be re-letting the contract for the West Midlands rail franchise in 2017, which includes the Abbey Line. When DfT finalise the specification in summer 2016, investment in the line will effectively be fixed for another decade.

That specification is now open for public consultation.

ABFLY will be calling […]

2001, 2016

John Webster

January 20th, 2016|

It is with great sadness that we have to report that John Webster, our Chairman since 2003, passed away on Saturday 16th January after a short illness over Christmas.

Those that knew him will remember John as a true diplomat and a charmer, full of wit and a total enthusiast for the Abbey Line. We all came […]

1201, 2016

Take our survey and win free travel on London Midland!

January 12th, 2016|

If you live within walking distance of the Abbey Line then we would like to find out your reasons for using or not using the service, and what would make the service more attractive to you.

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It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Responses to this survey will be analysed to provide data […]

912, 2015

Later evening services become reality after 20 years of campaigning

December 9th, 2015|

ABFLY have warmly welcomed the announcement that after 20 years of campaigning, services on the Abbey Line are finally to be extended past the current closing time of around 10pm.

On 3rd December it was announced that London Midland had been successful in securing a new ‘Direct Award’ contract which means that they will be continuing to […]

1911, 2015

‘Positive’ news for Abbey Line, says Anne Main MP

November 19th, 2015|

In response to a letter from Herts County Council (HCC), St Albans MP, Anne Main, and Watford MP, Richard Harrington, the Transport Secretary has confirmed that Network Rail and HCC have agreed to ‘undertake further development of options for a 30 minute frequency’ service on the Abbey Line.

In the same week that the Abbey Line […]

1911, 2015

Time for LM to think outside the box on faulty trains and slippery rails

November 19th, 2015|

It won’t have escaped many people’s attention that despite the recent good news re. the passing loop, the Abbey Line has lately been suffering from a double whammy of unreliable 319s and slippery rails which has made the service more unpredictable than at any time in recent memory.

On behalf of the hundreds, if not thousands of […]

1611, 2015

More disruption

November 16th, 2015|

From Terry Oliver, Head of West Coast Services, London Midland:
Latest update on the situation with the Abbey line. Today has been another disastrous day across the route and I can only apologise for that. We have had all sorts of issues today and sadly the Abbey line service yesterday and particularly today has been annihilated.

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